How to install easy_install on Ubuntu#

So you need easy_install for something on Ubuntu? Installing it is very easy, just follow the instructions below.

$ sudo apt-get install python-setuptools

And that's it! Yes, that's all you need to do and you will have easy_install available at the command prompt.

In case you are wondering, easy_install is a Python module which comes as a part of the Python setuptools, so installing setuptools automatically installs easy_install along with it. easy_install is used for installing and managing Python packages.

Exercise#

  1. How do you install easy_install independent of setuptools? What are the repercussions of such an act?
  2. What is setuptools used for?

References#

  1. easy_install
  2. setuptools